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Old 07-17-04, 04:01 AM
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Is my monitor toast?

I have a dell trinitron 21" monitor. Have really enjoyed it over the years, but sadly, i think it is on its last few days.

Lately, the picture has begun to flicker sideways a bit. It will just flicker, and slip sidways. Somedays it will go all day without doing it, somedays I cant even stand to look at it.

Is there anything I can do?
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check the cable. unplug it and plug it back in tightly.
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I did that. I also tried using a different monitor cord, same problem-

Any other ideas?
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Could be your video card also. When my old card went out, I got flickers, bluriness, etc. I thought at first it was the monitor that was dying, but it was actually the video card. The monitor itself turned out to be fine.
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i thought that it might be the vid card as well, and to rule that out, i have temporarily set up a different monitor on this computer, and it runs fine.

so tried a different monitor, different cable, but when i go back to the trinitron, same problems.

=( =( *sniffle*


<wipes tears>
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I'd use it as an excuse to get a flat monitor.

You know, one that looks like this:



As opposed to a flat screen CRT type. I'd love to have the extra desk space it would free up.
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Whats the model number on the back? It seems like a large enough monitor that it may be worth fixing, as long as the tube is still in good shape.
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does it only have a vga connection on the back of the monitor
my 21" dell trinitron also has bnc connections.. might be able to borrow a cable and see if that works better for you.. if so, you can pick up one on ebay relatively cheap..

its a shot in the dark..but might be worth the effort.. if you can track down the cable to borrow.
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actually i just cant seem to justify the extra cost for a flatscreen. Sure they look cool, and take up less space, but it isnt worth the extra $. not to me.

Is it possible that the interferance could be do to electrial or magnetic fields generated by my router or external hard drives? Becuase I just moved them closer to the monitor recently. ?
I have heard that speakers and other household appliances can cause this as well?
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Is there a manual degauss?
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Originally posted by skiblet
Is it possible that the interferance could be do to electrial or magnetic fields generated by my router or external hard drives?
It's mostly just speakers that will do this. The external HD is probably in a metal case (the HD inside the case is in a metall case itself) so no large electromagnetic field there. I dount the router could do it either but you can always try moving the stuff and see if it makes a difference.

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